FLYBE has announced its dropping direct flights from Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick next year.
The move follows a decision by the airline to sell its arrival and departure slots at London Gatwick.
Flybe said its 26 weekly flights on the route will come to an end in March 2014.
Company chairman Jim French blamed a 102 per cent rise in airport charges for the move.
“No business can swallow such a massive increase in such a short period of time and it is with real regret and some anger that we have made this decision,” he said.
“Flybe fully appreciates the implications this will have not only on Northern Ireland passengers but also on the wider regional economy which has come to rely on the convenient lifeline connections we provide to Gatwick.
“However, we have to accept the ugly reality that Gatwick simply doesn’t want smaller, regional aircraft at their airport.
“Until 29 March 2014, however, it remains business as usual.”